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LIMA — Superior Federal Credit Union recently surpassed the 50,000-member milestone. Membership in the not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam and Van Wert counties.

The credit union’s membership grew 6.8 percent in 2012, more than three times the record growth rate seen by credit unions nationally.

In 2012, U.S. credit union memberships grew by 2.1 percent, more than double the rate of population growth and the strongest advance in the past decade. More than 95.7 million Americans, including 2.7 million Ohioans, are now credit union members.

Headquartered in Lima, Superior Federal Credit Union has 10 branches located in Lima, Delphos, Ottawa, St. Marys and Wapakoneta, with assets of $440 million. The credit union provides consumer and mortgage loans, brokerage services, home and auto insurance, checking and savings accounts and small business services and loans.

Succession Planning Seminar offered at Rhodes

LIMA — Rhodes State College, the West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Northwest Ohio are sponsoring a seminar on succession planning from 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 15.

The free session is geared toward family-owned small businesses and chief executives to analyze and plan for their succession strategies. The presenter will target critical questions that support the business owner/leader in critically looking at their next generation of company leadership.

The class will be led by Roger Bostdorff, president of B2B Sales Boost. Bostdorff spent more than 30 years with IBM in sales and sales management. B2B Sales Boost is a consulting company helping organizations improve their sales and overall business processes.

Those interested in taking the course should contact Doug Durliat at 419-995-8353 or durliat.d@RhodesState.edu.

CenturyLink helps low-income consumers

MANSFIELD — CenturyLink Inc. is offering its Internet Basics program in Ohio to improve broadband adoption and use by qualifying, low-income consumers.

The goal of CenturyLink’s Internet Basics program is to reduce broadband cost barriers for economically disadvantaged consumers, including older Americans whose Internet adoption rates continue to lag behind other demographic groups.

To help get more households online, CenturyLink is offering discounted high-speed Internet service starting at $9.95 per month, plus applicable taxes and fees, to eligible consumers in Ohio. The service provides access to up to 1.5 Mbps download capability. Higher bandwidth services, where available, are offered at a comparable discount.

Participation in CenturyLink Internet Basics is determined by the criteria for the Lifeline Affordable Telephone Service, a federal program offered by CenturyLink that provides discounts on basic monthly telephone service to eligible low-income consumers. Although the criteria are the same, residents are not required to have Lifeline service in order to obtain CenturyLink Internet Basics service.

CenturyLink is offering program participants an Internet-ready netbook computer for $150, plus taxes, shipping and handling. In addition, CenturyLink is arranging basic computer education and technology training classes at no cost to Internet Basics customers. The classes are being offered through community groups and senior centers, as well as at schools, libraries, and other state and local institutions in more than 100 markets throughout the country.

For more information about CenturyLink Internet Basics, please visit www.centurylink.com/internetbasics.

Time Warner launches new online portal

NEW YORK — Time Warner Cable has launched TWC Central, replacing the former Road Runner website as a new destination that connects customers to news, entertainment, information, social networking and simple and easy access to Time Warner Cable products and services. The new portal features a sleek design, seamless navigation and is fully aligned with the overall Time Warner Cable brand experience.

In addition to the consumer benefits, TWC Central’s design will give advertisers new advertising opportunities, such as photo galleries and new webmail and banner ad positions, such as 300x600 banners. These will be added to the existing opportunities, including high impact rich media ads, such as peel back, pushdown, wallpaper, webmail sponsorship, In Banner Listing and In Banner Video.

With more than 5.7 million visitors per month, TWC Central will offer access to unique and original news headlines, interactive TV listings, live-streaming television, photo galleries, videos, access to email and much more.

For information, visit the Time Warner Cable Untangled blog at www.twcableuntangled.com or www.TWCcentral.com.

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